Congress passes 2-week stopgap to avoid government shutdown

Funding was expected to run out Friday evening.

“This is a waste of time,” Pelosi said. “There could be some good things that could be advanced and because it doesn't have things in it, doesn't mean that makes it OK."

Republicans, who hold a 240-193 advantage in the House, were nevertheless able to pass the bill, with 14 Democrats joining the majority to vote "yea." Eighteen House Republicans opposed the funding measure.

Congressional leadership met with Trump at the White House Thursday afternoon to further discuss a long-term spending deal. After the summit, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that they had a "productive conversation" but that "nothing specific has been agreed to" and that "discussions continue."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders added that the meeting was "constructive" and that Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., "stressed that negotiations on immigration should be held separately on a different track, and not as part of the government funding bill."

Funding under the bill passed Thursday expires on Dec. 22.

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